Ugadi (Gudi Padwa) Festival
About Ugadi Festival
Celebrated in the month of March every year, Gudi Padwa—the beginning of a new year as per Hindu beliefs and calculations is known as so in Maharashtra, as Ugadi in the states of Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh.
The date is believed to be special, as according to Hindu mythology, the creator of this universe—Lord Brahma began his creations on this day, making it an auspicious day for the Hindus to celebrate the embark of life on the planet.
The festival involves a holy bath early in the morning, followed by a number of rituals to commemorate the beginning of a new year and new time—with hopes of good fortune, wealth and health for everyone.
People decorate their houses with flowers, making colorful rangolis and also conducting religious ceremonies to bring good vibes and promote good omen in their houses and families. Special sweet dishes are made in each culture by the people, according to their specialties and offered to the almighty to bring good blessings and peace in their lives.
The celebration also involves a significant part of hoisting the “gudi” in the main entrance of the house to keep the ambiance away from all negativities and render positivity in everyone’s lives.